Transport to and from Lyttelton

Arriving by cruise ship

Please note that there is no walk/on walk off access from the cruise terminal. You must leave the berth by bus/shuttle.

If you are booked on a tour

If you have already booked on a shore excursion supplied by your cruise ship, your buses will be waiting for you when you disembark.

There will be clearly identifiable friendly faces helping direct you to the right place.

If you have independently booked a tour, you will need to follow the instructions of the tour operator regarding whether you are meeting them in Christchurch or Lyttelton. When you disembark, make your way to the correct shuttle. There will be friendly faces helping direct you to either the Christchurch shuttle or Lyttelton shuttle bus.

If you are meeting friends or going on a private tour

Please take the free shuttle to Lyttelton and meet up at the Lyttelton Information Centre at 20 Oxford Street.

If you are exploring on your own

If you have decided to have a day doing your own thing you have a couple of choices:

  • Get on the free shuttle to Lyttelton and spend at least part of your day exploring our lovely town and surroundings.   
  • If you then decide you want to head into Christchurch get on a Number 8 bus (See below) and  you can get off at the central bus exchange and explore the city.  At the end of your day, you will need to get a Number 8 bus back to the Lyttelton Information Centre and then take the free Lyttelton shuttle back to your ship.
  • Catch the shuttle bus to Christchurch which will be on the berth alongside your ship. The ticket price has not been confirmed yet.

8 Bus

Lyttelton is well served by the Metro Number 8 bus.  There are 6 stops in Lyttelton:

Coming through the tunnel from Christchurch town the bus stops are

  1. The bottom of Dublin Street
  2. Winchester Street outside the Union Church
  3. Oxford Street outside the school - just walk downhill and cross the road to visit the Information Centre.
  4. The Wharf for passengers coming or going to Diamond Harbour
  5. The bus then starts the journey back into Christchurch
  6. On Norwich Quay Leaving the Information centre walk down the hill and cross the road and turn right and you will see the bus shelter.
  7. Further along Norwich Quay outside Fisherman’s Wharf there is another bus shelter

Number 8 Bus Timetable

Diamond Harbour Ferry

To catch the ferry, turn left out of the Information Centre and walk down the hill.  Cross Norwich Quay and head straight on over the bridge and down the stairs to your left.

Follow the signs to the Ferry.

See the timetable: Diamond Harbour Ferry Timetable

155 Bus

This bus will take you to Ferrymead and you can then catch the Number 3 bus to Sumner or in the opposite direction to Christchurch City Centre, the Hospital and on out to the airport  .

If you stay on the 155 bus it will take you through to Eastgate where you can connect with the Orbiter and several other routes.

  155 Bus Timetable

   3 Bus Timetable

Complete  Metro Bus Network

Blue Star Taxis

Explore the corners of Lyttelton Harbour by hiring a taxi with our preferred partners at Blue Star Taxis. Book ahead by using their online service link  or phone +64 03 3799 799  

 We recommend you book in advance to avoid delays.

Or pop into the Information Centre and we will be pleased to ring for a taxi for you.